FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick likes to wheel and deal, as the last two days have reminded.
After swinging two major trades that shipped defensive end Chandler Jones out of town and brought in tight end Martellus Bennett with the economic savings on the Jones deal, it sparked the question as to the best and worst trades of Belichick’s 17-year tenure.
Time will tell if the deal with Jones and/or Bennett land on either list, but here’s one viewpoint of his five best and worst that specifically involved players.
1. Acquiring the No. 36 selection in the second round to draft receiver Chad Jackson in exchange for 2006 second- and third-round picks (April 29, 2006).
2. Acquiring cornerback Duane Starks and a 2005 fifth-round pick from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for 2005 third- and fifth-round picks (March 4, 2005).
3. Acquiring receiver Chad Ochocinco from the Bengals for a 2012 fifth-round pick and 2013 sixth-round pick (July 29, 2011).
4. Acquiring defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick (July 29, 2011).
5. Acquiring defensive end Derrick Burgess from Oakland for 2010 third- and fifth-round picks (Aug. 7, 2009)
(Note: This post previously had a different trade in the No. 5 "worst" spot -- a 2014 deal for Isaac Sopoaga -- but after further review and good Twitter banter the Burgess deal has taken its place.)